Neurological care provider, PJ Care, is offering a new car as a raffle prize in a bid to get all its staff fully vaccinated.
Chairman, Neil Russell, (pictured) said he hopes the chance to win a Renault Clio E-Tech worth £22,000 will help to encourage the remaining 15% of PJ Care’s 600 staff to take the vaccine.
Care home staff face losing their jobs if they have not been fully vaccinated when government legislation comes into force on 11 November.
Neil said staff who’ve yet to be vaccinated need to have their first jab by 16 September, in time for their second dose before the government deadline.
“We know that there are some of our staff who, for whatever reason, just do not feel able to receive the vaccine,” Neil said.
“But there are those staff who are still undecided or haven’t yet made their appointments for whom the prize of a new car could be deciding factor.
“We absolutely believe in the vaccine and have informed and encouraged our staff throughout, and it will pain us to lose any of our valued and highly-skilled team.
“With the average salary of a carer here being just over £20,000, plus our investment in their training, overtime they may earn and the costs of recruiting their replacement, if this initiative gets just one person to have the vaccine and stay in their job, we will have saved money.
“Recruiting staff in this sector is already difficult and adding in a requirement for vaccination will only make the situation worse. In this context, a new car is a small price to pay – indeed, it is actually an investment rather than a cost.”
PJ Care was recently ranked as one of the UK’s top 10 health and social care employers in the ‘Best Companies’ awards and is an accredited Living Wage Employer. It is also a finalist in the Growing Business ‘Diversity and Inclusion Champion of the Year’ award as well as ‘Employer of the Year.’